Gaming Control Board approves license for Penn National casino in Caernarvon Township

By Isabella Hart, June 13, 2019

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board casted a ballot 7-0 to allow a permit for the Hollywood Casino Morgantown proposed in Caernarvon Township close to the crossing point of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate 176.

The vote came Wednesday evening after another conference for the proposed Category 4 club’s proprietor, Wyomissing-based Penn National Gaming Inc., at the Strawberry Square Complex in Harrisburg.

The $111 million office, which is planned to open in late 2020, is to be based on a 36-section of land plot of land. The 81,425-square-foot building will have 750 space machines and 30 table recreations in addition to space for 10 progressively table diversions, which is the farthest point took into account a Category 4 permit.

Plans additionally require a games and race book and a mark eatery.

The office is relied upon to create around 250 new neighborhood occupations and in excess of 275 development employments, as indicated by Penn National.

« We are satisfied with the present consistent endorsement and value the ingenuity of the PGCB and its staff, » Timothy J. Wilmott, Penn National CEO, said in a composed articulation. « We anticipate starting the advancement of Hollywood Casino Morgantown quickly following receipt of every single imperative endorsement. »

Wilmott said that the Hollywood Casino Morgantown will draw clients from Philadelphia’s western rural areas and will help secure piece of the overall industry at the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Dauphin County.

He likewise said the club will carry monetary development to Caernarvon, which will get 2% charge income on space machines and 1% from table amusements.

Penn National has said the township will get as much as $1.6 million in new yearly income after the gambling club opens.

Caernarvon authorities, including bosses Chairman Allen Styer III, were in participation. The directors collectively affirmed the task in March.

The morning hearing for the most part centered around traffic designs for the office, including its effect on neighborhood streets.

Since open info was gotten at a gathering in March, the main inquiries originated from the board.

Dan Disario of New Jersey-based Langan Engineering, which completed a traffic contemplate for Penn National, said a larger part of the traffic — somewhat more than 60% — will get to the club from either the expressway or I-176.

It will likewise be spread out during that time and ought not be a weight during surge hour.

« The vast majority of the gambling club’s pinnacle (traffic) time is outside of run of the mill suburbanite times, » Disario said. « There will be no perceivable changes to the neighborhood street organize. »

Christopher Bauer of Fort Washington, Montgomery County-based McMahon Transportation Engineers and Planners, completed a different traffic examine for PennDOT and it agreed with the Langan study’s decisions.

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